Makin' an egg March 18 2014, 0 Comments
I learned how to make Pysanky eggs in the late 90's when I was in my twenties. I enjoyed making them in my free time so much that I created a whole bunch. So many that I had years worth of great Pysanky egg gifts to dole out as needed. Most of the traditional Pysanky eggs you see in Tamm's were made back then. The newer ones are more modern and done with techniques I learned back then, mixed in with some of my own. The end result is a new egg I get to show you and place for sale in the store.
The first thing I do is clean my egg. I will have a 50% chance I'll hollow the egg before I start dying it. I like both methods and usually make that decision last second. This egg I'm showing you for demonstration was not hollowed out. I also prefer to free hand my designs/drawings because of the pencil lead that is left on the egg.
So I draw on the egg with melted beeswax with tools called kitska's (pictured above on the candle and next to the black beeswax). What I'm doing is sealing in the white color of the egg under all that black wax. Next I usually drop the egg fully in a jar of dye with the next lightest color, but in this case, I used a fine tip paintbrush to apply the pink in the hearts and then red dye on the crabs. I didn't want the red to affect the blue hue of the dye for the rest of the egg, so I limited the areas of red as best I could.
So here is the pink heart sealed with wax and red colored in crabs and the smallest kitska was used to then fill in all the crabs legs, eyeballs and claws in the second picture.
Now I fill in the rest of the crabs body with my medium sized kitska. It's ready to go into a blue dye jar For its final color.
Took about 15 minutes to get that brilliant blue color I wanted. Now to see what happens when I melt all of the wax off and expose the design underneath.
Melting off the wax can take a long time and if not careful, I can ruin an egg. The last thing you want is a big black flame streak across the egg because it got to close to the open flame. But the patience pays off because you end up with this cool looking crab themed egg. Only thing left now is to varnish it. Since that takes days to complete, I will have to post the final picture of the egg in the near future and update this blog. Here's the egg I just showed you how I made today: